As the days of early summer move inexorably towards the Solstice, life at Bealtaine Cottage takes on a brilliant energy.
Everything is growing!
There’s a bench in my garden, shaded by many beautiful trees, near to the lower pond, where I enjoy sitting alone, as early in the morning as I can manage… to simply be.
“I can’t get enough of watching the bees and trying to imagine how they experience the abundance of, say, a blue Campanula blossom, the dizzy light pulsing, every fibre of being immersed in the flower. …”
~ Mary Rose O’Reilly
Moments of such silence are overlaid with birdsong, a joy-filled backdrop to the main stage, where images manifest peace.
Flowers growing out from gravel and roses creating miracles from old tyres, are as much a part of Midsummer madness here at Bealtaine as some of the ancient celebrations themselves!
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where ox-lips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”
~ From “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare
We all know of places where the secret energy of Midsummer holds sway.
It is to these special places we are continually drawn, where peace is found and imagination set free